[ in-dee-suhnt ]
See synonyms for: indecentindecently on

  1. offending against generally accepted standards of propriety or good taste; improper; vulgar: indecent jokes; indecent language; indecent behavior.

  2. not decent; unbecoming or unseemly: indecent haste.

Origin of indecent

First recorded in 1555–65; from Latin indecent- (stem of indecēns ) “unseemly.” See in-3, decent

synonym study For indecent

1. See improper.

Other words for indecent

Opposites for indecent

Other words from indecent

  • in·de·cent·ly, adverb

Words Nearby indecent Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use indecent in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for indecent


/ (ɪnˈdiːsənt) /

  1. offensive to standards of decency, esp in sexual matters

  2. unseemly or improper (esp in the phrase indecent haste)

Derived forms of indecent

  • indecently, adverb

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